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The Original 'Fake News' Story that Was Used to Call for the Suppression of Independent Media Critics


November 30, 2016
PropOrNot.com & RT News

In an unprecedented attack on free speech, independent media, political and social criticism, a prominent mainstream newspaper has chosen to sacrifice its journalistic reputation by promoting a mysterious entity called "PropOrNot" hoping to blacklist scores of prizewinning, respected online news sites as "agents of Russian propaganda." An identical attack, underway in Europe, has been condemned by the president of International Federation of Journalists. Could this all be a government intelligence operation?

http://www.propornot.com/p/the-list.html

Is It Propaganda Or Not?
PropOrNot.com -- Your Friendly Neighborhood
Propaganda Identification Service, Since 2016!


The List: An Initial Set of Sites That Reliably Echo Russian Propaganda

(November 9, 2016) -- We have used a combination of manual and automated analysis, including analysis of content, timing, technical indicators, and other reporting, in order to initially identify (“red-flag”) the following as Russian propaganda outlets.

We then confirmed our initial assessment by applying whatever criteria we did not originally employ during the red-flag process, and we reevaluate our findings as needed.

Please note that our criteria are behavioral. That means the characteristics of the propaganda outlets we identify are motivation-agnostic.

For purposes of this definition it does not matter whether the sites listed here are being knowingly directed and paid by Russian intelligence officers, or whether they even knew they were echoing Russian propaganda at any particular point: If they meet these criteria, they are at the very least acting as bona-fide "useful idiots" of the Russian intelligence services, and are worthy of further scrutiny.

We assess that this overall Russian effort is at least semi-centralized, with multiple Russian projects and influence operations working in parallel to manage the direct and outsourced production of propaganda across a wide range of outlets. It is data-driven, and rewards effective entrepreneurship and innovation with increased funding and other resources.

There are varying degrees of involvement in it, and awareness of involvement. Some people involved seem genuinely unaware that they are being used by Russia to produce propaganda, but many others seem to know full well.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

More detailed analysis is ongoing:

activistpost.com
newcoldwar.org
4threvolutionarywar.wordpress.com
newstarget.com
aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk
newswithviews.com
abeldanger.net
nowtheendbegins.com
abovetopsecret.com
nutritionfacts.org
ahtribune.com
off-guardian.org
allnewspipeline.com
oftwominds.com
americanlookout.com
oilgeopolitics.net
americasfreedomfighters.com
opednews.com
amren.com
orientalreview.org
amtvmedia.com
patriotrising.com
ancient-code.com
paulcraigroberts.org
anonews.co
platosguns.com
anonhq.com
pravda.ru
antiwar.com
pravdareport.com
asia-pacificresearch.com
prepperwebsite.com
assassinationscience.com
prisonplanet.com
baltimoregazette.com
rbth.com
barenakedislam.com
readynutrition.com
beforeitsnews.com
redflagnews.com
bignuggetnews.com
regated.com
blackagendareport.com
rense.com
blacklistednews.com
righton.com
christianfightback.com
rinf.com
collective-evolution.com
ronpaulinstitute.org
conservativedailypost.com
rt.com
consortiumnews.com
rumormillnews.com
corbettreport.com
ruptly.tv
cosmicscientist.com
russia-direct.org
countercurrents.org
russia-insider.com
counterinformation.wordpress.com
sentinelblog.com
counterpunch.org
sgtreport.com
dailyoccupation.com
shiftfrequency.com
dailystormer.com
shtfplan.com
darkmoon.me
silentmajoritypatriots.com
darkpolitricks.com
silverdoctors.com
davidstockmanscontracorner.com
sott.net
dcclothesline.com
southfront.org
dcleaks.com
sputniknews.com
defenddemocracy.press
stormcloudsgathering.com
dennismichaellynch.com
strategic-culture.org
disclose.tv
superstation95.com
disclosuremedia.net
survivopedia.com
drudgereport.com
the-newspapers.com
educate-yourself.org
theantimedia.org
educateinspirechange.org
thecommonsenseshow.com
endingthefed.com
thedailybell.com
endoftheamericandream.com
thedailysheeple.com
endtime.com
theduran.com
eutimes.net
theearthchild.co.za
eutopia.buzz
theeconomiccollapseblog.com
ewao.com
theeventchronicle.com
eyeopening.info
thefederalistpapers.org
fellowshipoftheminds.com
thefreethoughtproject.com
filmsforaction.org
themindunleashed.org
floridasunpost.com
thenewsdoctors.com
foreignpolicyjournal.com
therebel.media
fourwinds10.net
therussophile.org
freedomoutpost.com
thesaker.is
gaia.com
thesleuthjournal.com
galacticconnection.com
thetruenews.info
gangstergovernment.com
thetruthseeker.co.uk
gatesofvienna.net
thirdworldtraveler.com
geopolmonitor.com
toprightnews.com
globalresearch.ca
trueactivist.com
godlikeproductions.com
trunews.com
govtslaves.info
truth-out.org
greanvillepost.com
truthandaction.org
guccifer2.wordpress.com
truthdig.com
hangthebankers.com
truthfeed.com
healthnutnews.com
truthkings.com
henrymakow.com
ufoholic.com
heresyblog.net
undergroundworldnews.com
humansarefree.com
unz.com
ihavethetruth.com
usanewshome.com
ihavethetruth.com
usapoliticsnow.com
in5d.com
usasupreme.com
informationclearinghouse.info
usdcrisis.com
infowars.com
usslibertyveterans.org
intellihub.com
vdare.com
intrepidreport.com
veteransnewsnow.com
investmentresearchdynamics.com
veteranstoday.com
investmentwatchblog.com
vigilantcitizen.com
jackpineradicals.com
viralliberty.com
jamesrgrangerjr.com
voltairenet.org
jewsnews.co.il
wakeupthesheep.com
journal-neo.org
wakingtimes.com
katehon.com
washingtonsblog.com
katehon.org
wearechange.org
kingworldnews.com
weshapelife.org
lewrockwell.com
whatdoesitmean.com
libertyblitzkrieg.com
whatreallyhappened.com
libertywritersnews.com
wikileaks.com
makeamericagreattoday.com
wikileaks.org
memoryholeblog.com
wikispooks.com
mintpressnews.com
worldnewspolitics.com
moonofalabama.org
worldpoliticsus.com
nakedcapitalism.com
www.fort-russ.com
naturalblaze.com
yournewswire.com
naturalnews.com
zerohedge.com



'Journalistic Garbage': Greenwald and Others Slam WashPost for 'Insane' Russian Propaganda Story
Russia Today News receives financial support from the Russian government]

(November 25, 2016) -- Glenn Greenwald, along with other journalists, has unleashed a torrent of criticism at The Washington Post over a piece about Russia leading a "fake news" campaign during the US election, calling it a "disgusting" smear and "supremely shitty" garbage.

The Washington publication, at one time hailed for its role in exposing the Watergate Scandal, has now been rounded on by a number of well-known figures from the media industry for publishing the article.

Award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, significant in bringing Edward Snowden's US security revelations to the public, labeled the story "total journalistic garbage".

In a series of tweets, Greenwald said the websites listed by chief source PropOrNot were smeared without any evidence by a group hiding its own identity.

Greenwald also indicated that the Washington Post piece is an example of how it has become "100 percent permissible -- bordering on obligatory -- to spout the most insane, evidence-free conspiracy theories if they involve Russia & Putin."

Key criticisms levelled against the article are that it was based on a Cold War think tank source and a report by dubious, anonymous researchers. It's also been slammed for a failing to critically evaluate a blacklist of publications that supposedly comprise a "sophisticated" Russian propaganda machine.

New York based journalist Adam Johnson scolded the Washington Post for "uncritically" publishing the story without asking "who's behind it."


EU Neither Specified Propaganda,
Nor Gave Russian Media Right to Defend
-- IFJ President to RT

RT News

(November 26, 2016) -- The EU's attack on Russian media with its recent "anti-propaganda" resolution was grossly unfair and goes against the principles of free speech and ethical journalism, Philippe Leruth from the International Federation of Journalists told RT.

On Wednesday the European Parliament voted to pass a resolution to "respond to information warfare by Russia." In a report written by Polish MEP Anna Fotyga, RT and Sputnik news agency were singled out as being among the most dangerous "tools" of "hostile propaganda."

o get his opinion on the matter, RT reached out to Philippe Leruth, president of the International Federation of Journalists (IJF).

RT: Why was this resolution discussed in the first place, never mind passed?

PL: I really couldn't know this, but I know this resolution is highly controversial – only 44 percent of the MEPs voted in favor. There were many abstentions, which shows there was a big discussion. But we couldn't really understand this.

RT: What exactly is the fear? Are we right now warping the fragile minds of European readers? What do they worry about?

PL: We really don't believe that you can counter propaganda, because they say there is propaganda, I should not say this, but if there is propaganda don't fight it with propaganda. We believe in ethical journalism, in media literacy and in responsible journalism, and not that way.

RT: The word 'propaganda' gets thrown around an awful lot. Was there any evidence or a description of what propaganda is, or did they give an example of how the Russian media isn't telling the truth?

PL: No, I couldn't say on what it was based. At least, when you name a media by name, which is highly unusual, first of all you should give them the right to defend themselves, and second, you should show exactly what you mean by saying they are doing propaganda.

RT: What about the timing? Why do you think this initiative was discussed at this particular moment in time?

PL: Well, I find it very unfortunate because as we said, the International Federation of Journalists, which I am chairing from June this year, and its European Branch, we have been working on dialogue between Russian and so-called western journalists.

There were several meetings that year and one will be held in Moscow in December with the support of the EU delegation in Russia. So it's very difficult to understand why the European parliament took this initiative, which is jeopardizing this dialogue.

RT: The actual resolution itself was fascinating because it says the EU is still committed to democracy, media freedom and media pluralism. How can you limit freedom and give it at the same time?

PL: We have one principle which is very clear. In journalism, facts are sacred, comments are free. So as long as you are reporting ... the facts ... [accurately] you are free to have an opinion. That's freedom of expression.

So once again, if they considered the details of this resolution and considered [that] the media had not described the facts the right way, they should one, have shown on what occasion, and two, had invited them to defend themselves.

RT: Do you think there is an anti-Russian narrative existing in the West, in Europe particularly?

PL: Well, I wouldn't dare myself to have such an opinion. Evidently, there are tensions, there are problems between Russia and the European Union. There were sanctions and there were counter-sanctions, but I am not a politician, I will not comment on this.

I will state this state of tensions exists, but what bothers us is that in this very particular case media are incriminated, and we as a federation of journalists, we are defending the journalists, and we are promoting dialogue. Once again, we may work in different countries but we have one profession based on the same ethical principles.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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